Introducing NEW to Lemont

Last week the Network of Entrepreneurial Women had a blast at Aurora Rose Boutique in Lemont.


I was excited to showcase this shop to our members, since I knew it would be a good fit.


We got to sample delicious goodies from Tastefully Simple, had chocolate Martinis provided by Dove Chocolates, and sampled the new Tiesta Teas Aurora Rose Boutique just started carrying.


During our introductions we enjoyed meeting new ladies and learning what’s new in each others’ lives since our Halloween party.


NetworkHoncho announced new features to their up-and-coming small business networking platform.


Everyone was delighted by the plethora of gift ideas in the store.


Some of us couldn’t resist taking something home.


Aurora Rose has some fun holiday activities planned, so like their Facebook page to get the scoop on announcements and new products.


The next Network of Entrepreneurial Women event is on December 11 at Anna Shae’s Chocolates in Barrington. The combined Meet & Munch and Wine, Women and Wellness event features Nifty Educational Wisewoman Trivia, where we break up into teams, make up awesome team names, and then test our knowledge of women and winter themed trivia.


There will also be a Holiday Recipe Exchange, with goodies to sample. This will be our only event for the month to give everyone time to close out the year and enjoy quality time with their families.


Have a great weekend!


All photos courtesy

Brainstorming at Stella

On Wednesday the Network of Entrepreneurial Women co-founders browsed Stella Boutique on Central Street in Evanston. Stella was recently named Best Boutique for Women and a Best Gift Shop in Make It Better Magazine.


photo by Networkhoncho

We enjoyed brainstorming upcoming events while trying on some of Stella’s treasures.


Erica in this fabulous versatile wonder woman ‘cape’.


Karen in a flattering skirt with a floral blouse (which went home with her).

photo by Networkhoncho

This faux-leather jacket could bring out an alter ego, don’t you think? (Alas, not in my budget right now).

photo by Networkhoncho

The cozy shop includes bright and ethereal clothing by designers like Desigual, lovely nature-inspired purses and clutches, and a variety of accessories to adorn clothes, necks and ears.


In addition, there are decorative gift items, lovely greeting cards, and other unique pieces.


If I sold more pieces I could invest in that lovely jewelry tree for fall fairs…


Of course Beth Billups’ wax pieces caught my eye.


For my birthday I couldn’t resist a lovely floor mat (almost 40 butterflies), and I found some treasure for upcoming birthdays as well.


I wanted to take this chair home too.


Since it was a gorgeous day, we explored the rest of this lovely street, and couldn’t resist Linz & Vail’s Gelato (Pistachio for me, Cupcake for Karen).


Moon phase bracelet from Dave’s Rock Shop

The scents of the Spice House at Symphony’s Cafe had me wishing I was more of a cook.


Our next NEW event is a Progressive Dinner at Symphony’s Cafe on August 29, also on Central Street in Evanston. Meters are free after 6 p.m., but I highly recommend coming earlier to peruse this lovely entrepreneurial corridor of Evanston.


In September we will be circling back to the Chicago Western suburbs, so check out our Meetup page for upcoming events.